Dr. David Anderson has been involved with asphalt Technology for nearly forty years and has been intimately involved with innovations in asphalt technology, ranging from accelerate pavement testing and pothole repair to the application of rheology to asphalt binder specifications. After graduating with his SBCE and MS degrees from the University of Connecticut, he attended Purdue University where he earned his doctorate in 1971. Dr. Anderson worked as a research engineer at Coming Glass Works and taught briefly at West Virginia University before joining the Pennsylvania State University as Associate Professor in 1975.
In June of 2003, he retired from The Pennsylvania State University with the rank of Professor Emeritus. While at The Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Anderson taught graduate courses in asphalt materials and pavements as well as undergraduate courses in soil mechanics and civil engineering materials. During his career at the Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Anderson served as the Director of the Pavements and Materials Program at The Pennsylvania Transportation Institute and as the Technical Director of the Northeast center for Paving Technology.
In addition to his academic career, Dr. Anderson has been active professionally, serving on a number of committees for ASTM and TRB as well as RILEM and Eurobitume. He is currently a member of the TRB SuperPave Committee and has been a very active participant in the work of the Asphalt Binder ETG and it various task forces.
Dr. Anderson was a member of the AAPT Board of Directors from 1987 to 1988 and from 1991 to 1997and served as president in 1994. In 1992, he received the W. J. Emmons Annual Best Technical Paper Award and also received the runner-up award in that year. In 1984, Dr. Anderson was named as an outstanding researcher by the College of Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University and the Pennsylvania State Engineering Society. In 1993, the College of Engineering at the University of Connecticut recognized Dr. Anderson as an outstanding alumnus.